TRAKWELA: ‘learning in wheels’ launched
January 28, 2014
WMSU President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho congratulated the efforts of CTE in launching the Trakwela.

WMSU President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho congratulated the efforts of CTE in launching the Trakwela.

Dr. Edgardo Rosales, CTE Dean discussed the rationale of the Trakwela.

Dr. Edgardo Rosales, CTE Dean discussed the rationale of the Trakwela.

Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, WMSU President did the symbolic cutting of ribbon with other WMSU officials and guests.

Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, WMSU President did the symbolic cutting of ribbon with other WMSU officials and guests.

WMSU officials, volunteers of the Save Our Children and Badjao children evacuees posed at the WMSU covered court.

WMSU officials, volunteers of the Save Our Children and Badjao children evacuees posed at the WMSU covered court.

Western Mindanao State University’s College of Teacher Education has recently launched the Trakwela—a mobile learning program that shall cater to displaced individuals of Zamboanga City.

The launching was held at the WMSU Covered Court on Thursday, January 23 where CTE Dean Dr. Edgardo H. Rosales, the proponent of the Trakwela introduced the program and its rationale.

According to Dr. Rosales, Trakwela is an initiative that was undertaken by the college after the Zamboanga Siege to strengthen the Llevanta Zamboanga program. Trakwela is derived from the word trak (truck) and eskwela (school).
Not only will the program teach the children basic Reading, Writing and Arithmetic skills. CTE also partnered with the College of Home Economics for Nutrition Education and the College of Nursing for Health & Personal Hygiene.

Currently, the program is still in the process of procurement. WMSU has tapped non-government organizations like Save Our Children to facilitate the learning on wheels as soon as it starts full operation. It will first accommodate the displaced learners at evacuation centers in the city and will soon move to far flung areas where literacy is needed.
Trakwela is a counterpart of the Department of Extension Services’ Floating School—another literacy program that caters to the Badjaos of Zamboanga City. (AJ Dalugdug, PAO-WMSU)